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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nettle for dinner!

An afternoon in Open Bay on Quadra Island is like a mini vacation for me.  I live on the more populated southern end of this Norther Gulf Island.  twenty five minutes of forested country roads lead me to My friend Michelle's oasis.  Her hand built cedar shingled home with vintage multi-colored windows makes me smile.  Any one who has built a home can appreciate the love that went into this one.   As I walk the path to Michelle's door I notice that there are nettles everywhere.  I have always been thrilled with the free food nature provides but stinging nettle, as the name warns, has never been high on my list.  The thought of pain as part of the process and the likelihood that my children won't eat it has let nettle season pass unnoticed.  But I have learnt over the past few years that an invitation to visit Open Bay always results in something tasty.  

Step One - Long sleeves and gloves on.  Very Important as the stinging nettle leaves a painful rash on any skin surface it comes in contact with.

Step Two - Pinch top four leaves of nettle leaving the thick stem and larger leaves behind.  These top leaves are the tender ones.

Step Three- with gloves on wash leaves and steam as you would spinach.

 Step Four -place cooked leaves in a clean tea towel and remove as much moisture as possible.

Your nettle is now ready to be eat with a little butter  or add it to your favourite  recipe that calls for spinach.  


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